Sweet with a bit of a tang, blackberry cobbler is a quick and easy way to put together a delectable dessert. Serve warm with a scoop of your favorite ice cream for an unforgettable treat.
Bursting with blackberries and wrapped in a perfectly golden crust, you won’t find an easier recipe for a fruit cobbler. This simple recipe takes just 5 ingredients, many that you might already have on hand, and can be prepared in just 10 minutes.
Easy cake mix cobblers are a quick dessert you can whip up any time you need a dessert for guests or just want a warm and satisfying dessert. Top off this delicious cobbler with a scoop of your favorite ice cream, some whipped cream, and maybe even a mint garnish.
Berry desserts are often served as part of a summer cookout, but this family favorite recipe would also be a perfect dessert for a holiday dinner. Depending on the season you can also swap out the blackberries for strawberries or peaches.
Blackberry Cobbler Ingredients
- Cake mix - yellow box cake mix
- Blackberries - 6 cups blackberries, or 4 to 5 cups if they are large berries
- Sugar - granulated sugar
- Butter - unsalted butter
- Water - use the amount called for in the recipe, not what’s on the cake mix
Fresh, frozen, or canned berries all work well in this recipe. If you use frozen berries make sure to add them when they’re still frozen. If you let the frozen berries thaw they will be mushy.
In addition to blackberries, you can also make this recipe with blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, or peaches, or a combination of different fruits and berries. Mixing in grated lemon or lime zest with the fruit adds a fresh twist.
Enhance the sweetness of the berries by adding a teaspoon of pure vanilla extract. Or add a warm baking spice like cinnamon, ginger, or nutmeg to enhance the aroma and flavor of the cobbler.
How to Make Blackberry Cobbler
FIRST STEP: In the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish, pour one box of yellow cake mix.
SECOND STEP: Spread blackberries over the top of the cake mix.
THIRD STEP: Sprinkle on 1 to 2 tablespoons of sugar (depending upon how sweet they are).
FOURTH STEP: Pour 1 cup of water over the top of the berries and cake mix then shake the pan so water settles into the bottom. If berries aren’t very juicy, add a little more water. If they are plump, a little less.
FIFTH STEP: Cut a stick of butter into 8 pieces and spread out over the top.
SIXTH STEP: Bake at 350 for 35 to 40 minutes.
SEVENTH STEP: Slice and serve warm.
Can I use frozen berries?
Fresh berries aren’t always in season, and you can use canned or frozen berries instead. If you’re using canned berries, reserve the water they’re packed in and use a cup of it instead of the plain water. If you are using fresh blackberries, cleaning them is easy. Pour the fresh juicy berries into a colander, discarding any errant leaves or stems. Set the colander in the sink and run water over the berries, allowing the water to drain completely.
Can I use a regular pie crust?
You can use regular pie crust strips in place of the yellow cake mix. Using a pie crust will change the taste and texture, but it will still be delicious.
Can I freeze blackberry cobbler?
Blackberry cobbler is best frozen before it is baked. Follow the recipe right up to the step before you add the pieces of butter, cover with foil, and freeze. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight, top with butter, and bake.
How to Store Blackberry Cobbler
ON THE COUNTER: Baked cobbler can be covered and stored on the counter at room temperature for up to 3 days.
IN THE FRIDGE: Store leftover cobbler in an airtight container for up to a week. Warm in the oven or microwave before serving.
IN THE FREEZER: Blackberry cobbler is best frozen before it is baked. If you want to freeze your cobbler, make the recipe right up to the step before you add the pieces of butter, cover with foil, and freeze. Thaw the cobbler in the refrigerator overnight, top with butter, and bake.
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- 6 cups blackberries 4 to 5 cups if they are large berries
- 1 to 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 stick butter
- 1 cup water
- In the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish, pour one box of yellow cake mix.
- Spread blackberries over the top of the cake mix.
- Sprinkle on 1 to 2 tablespoons of sugar (depending upon how sweet they are).
- Pour 1 cup of water over the top of the berries and cake mix then shake the pan so water settles into the bottom. If berries aren’t very juicy, add a little more water. If they are plump, a little less.
- Cut a stick of butter into 8 pieces and spread out over the top.
- Bake at 350 for 35 to 40 minutes.
- Slice and serve warm.
- Note: The amount of sugar and water needed in this recipe can vary, depending on the berries. Before you start, taste the berries for juicy sweetness. Adjust sugar and water accordingly. Also, it is important to pour the water over the top and shake the pan. You want the berries and water to really settle into the pan!